Gilani advises Musharraf to pardon Sarabjit

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Islamabad, May 10: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has reportedly advised President Pervez Musharraf that Indian inmate Sarabjit Singh, accused of having a hand in 1998 Lahore bomb blasts, should be pardoned after his case is given a re-look.

“I have advised to the President that he should stop his execution and it should be reviewed by the Ministry of Interior, Foreign Affairs, Law Justice and Human Rights," The Nation quoted him as saying in an interview with an Indian TV news channel. He also said that the matter was being reviewed by Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“They will think on those lines. They will consider whether the case is fit or whether the case is not fit and they'll take the decision," he added. Sarabjit has been languishing in Lahore"s Kotlakhpat jail for the past several years and is facing death sentence after being found guilty of planting Lahore bomb blasts which claimed many lives in 1998.

But, his family claims that he has been arrested on mistaken identity, and that he had strayed into Pakistan"s territory by mistake. Recently, the Pakistan government had allowed his family members, including his sister, wife and two daughters to meet him inside the Kotlakhpat jail.


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